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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-30-2012, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone use a sheepskin cover on their XC? If so where did you buy yours and are they worth the money. I've also seen the wooden beads on goldwings but I cannot see how that could be comfortable..
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I have a sheepskin seat pad that I bought for my previous VTX a couple years ago now, and had moved it over the XC over the winter. Not sure exactly why, but ended up not keeping it on and didn't take it on a just completed 3000 mile trip over 10 days from Dallas,TX to North Carolina then down to Destin, FL and back to Texas along a very southern route. Wish I had taken it, however. Ended up running several days in 95+ temps and I really felt it in the seat.

I'm not sure how much of a difference it would have made, but I think it would have helped. On the VTX it helped a lot in the colder months and we did a long trip in May with 105 degree temps in Arizona and New Mexico which I don't remember feeling the heat in the seat like on this last trip.

Wife had a Airhawk seat pad on the back on the VTX, but finds the XC passenger seat much more comfortable. After this trip she is also interested in getting a sheepskin pad.

I can't remember for sure, but I think it was either from Sheepskin Headquarters LLC on Ebay or Alaska Leather (http://www.alaskaleatheronline.com/s...uxe/Categories) .

Will probably be ordering another for the wife soon too.

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I have a sheep skin cover and it works well in the northeast humid summers. I haven't gone beyond a 450 mile day trip, but if you alternate it on and off it probably work the best.
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I have a sheepskin seat pad that I bought for my previous VTX a couple years ago now, and had moved it over the XC over the winter. Not sure exactly why, but ended up not keeping it on and didn't take it on a just completed 3000 mile trip over 10 days from Dallas,TX to North Carolina then down to Destin, FL and back to Texas along a very southern route. Wish I had taken it, however. Ended up running several days in 95+ temps and I really felt it in the seat.

I'm not sure how much of a difference it would have made, but I think it would have helped. On the VTX it helped a lot in the colder months and we did a long trip in May with 105 degree temps in Arizona and New Mexico which I don't remember feeling the heat in the seat like on this last trip.

Wife had a Airhawk seat pad on the back on the VTX, but finds the XC passenger seat much more comfortable. After this trip she is also interested in getting a sheepskin pad.

I can't remember for sure, but I think it was either from Sheepskin Headquarters LLC on Ebay or Alaska Leather (http://www.alaskaleatheronline.com/s...uxe/Categories) .

Will probably be ordering another for the wife soon too.

Cheers,
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I'll take a look. I went through a half a bottle of baby powder trying to "not" get monkey butt. If I hadn't had the powder I'd be in trouble... Found that out the hard way on a trip through Nevada a couple years ago. I'm going to have to do something...this bike is hot.. we rode about 1300 miles this past weekend heat nearly 100* afternoons...! Thanks for the link
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I have a sheep skin cover and it works well in the northeast humid summers. I haven't gone beyond a 450 mile day trip, but if you alternate it on and off it probably work the best.
got a link to check out. I'm sure I'll be ordering soon...!
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Got mine from Wild Things Fur in Rockton, Wi. (Google it). I rode the bikeup there and he made it in less than 20 minutes. He will ship too.

Now for being any better? It did help a little. VERY LITTLE. That's why I now have an Ultimate Seat to try when I get a chance. The Sheepskin will work on the new seat, so I may use it if need be.
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Miles...just got home and will respond to the other thread (lowering) in a few.

I have had a sheep cover on my bike for about 5 months now...I put it on my bike MOSTLY to try and dissipate the HEAT. For the most part, it has done about as good a job as you could expect considering at this point there's not much else you can do...

It does offer some extra padding and I do BELIEVE it is COOLER than if you sat just on the seat.

Do I recommend them...YEP. I certainly don't see any negatives (unless it rains)...and even then you can just let it air dry.

I got mine from Alaska Leather and have had it for about 3 years...still looks great and is still in great shape.

Here is the website:
http://www.alaskaleatheronline.com/servlet/StoreFront

OK...and here's the one I have on my bike:
http://www.alaskaleatheronline.com/s...over%2C/Detail

But here is the one they recommend...mine fits fine though:
http://www.alaskaleatheronline.com/s...over%2C/Detail

Either of these would work well.

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After having one on my Ninja 650R and now soon to be purchasing a XCT I feel they are a must and I am definitely going to get one for the XCT.

Here is the one I am planning on getting:

http://www.alaskaleatheronline.com/s...ng-Hair/Detail

Probably in Red to match my Red XCT.
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I used the beads on my Goldwing and they help a lot with dissipating the heat. Of course it isn't the same heat (engine), just hot from riding in the hot weather. The beads do allow the air to flow in and around your butt and will keep you cooler. And, although they don't look comfortable, they really are. YMMV.

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Apparently its a crap shoot if a sheep skin is gonna do the trick - it didn't help me any. Worst day on a bike was the day I strapped a fitted sheep skin on and took off for a 500 mile romp. The pain was intense after only 200 miles. Same with beads. The only thing that does it for me is taking bike and me to a seat customizer and getting it tailored to my butt. Not the cheapest route, but the most satisfactory.

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